Geoffrey Owens appears at SAG Awards after he was shamed for working at Trader Joe's

Things seem to have come full circle for Geoffrey Owens, as he took center stage during the iconic "I'm an Actor" segment of the SAG Awards


                            Geoffrey Owens appears at SAG Awards after he was shamed for working at Trader Joe's

Geoffrey Owens, a former 'Cosby Show' star who was reportedly job-shamed for working at Trader Joe's last year, received a roaring reaction from the audience at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday when he joked about his predicament.

Support and work offers poured in for the 57-year-old actor after a picture of him working the cash register of an outlet of the grocery store franchise in New Jersey went viral.

Now things seem to have come full circle for the actor as he was the center of the spotlight at the SAG awards, where he was part of the iconic segment "I'm an Actor." Owens followed Mike Myers in the opener for the 2019 SAG Awards to share their story of why they were there, Daily Mail reports.

Geoffrey Owens, best known for his role as Elvin Tibideaux on 'The Cosby Show,' was spotted working as a cashier at a Trader Joe's by a couple of shoppers. (Twitter)
Geoffrey Owens, best known for his role as Elvin Tibideaux on 'The Cosby Show,' was spotted working as a cashier at a Trader Joe's by a couple of shoppers. (Twitter)

Preceded with a huge round of applause, Owens explained to the guests that he's doing well after his photo went viral, and many shamed him for tumbling from the glory of 'Cosby Show' to working in a grocery outlet. 

"So, somewhere in the middle of the road of my life, I found myself in the dark wood of unemployment and debt," he said. "But instead of switching careers like a sane person, I took a job at a local Trader Joe's to see if I could hang in there with my career. And, um, it's actually worked out pretty well."

Looking sharp in a tuxedo at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles, California, Owens made the crowd laugh before he ended his appearance saying, "I'm Geoffrey Owens and I am an actor."



 

After the Trader Joe's controversy, Owens appeared in the 2018 movie 'Hibiscus' and TV series 'Elementary' and 'NCIS: New Orleans'. In 2019, the star is set to return to TV with Tyler Perry's hit drama 'The Haves and Have Nots' on the OWN Network, in which the playwright has written in an 11-episode role just for Owens, who will play a senator.

Last year when Owens' picture went viral, he told 'Good Morning America' that he was "sleeping in my car, struggling, wondering how I was going to pay the bills."

"To get this place, just to have seen both sides of this, has been really incredible and that's why I feel like ... I'm the guy for the underdog," he said. "Sometimes things just don't work out. And that's OK. That's OK. You do what you have to do in between to get to the point until it gets there."

Geoffrey Owens (L) and Henry Winkler speak onstage at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's 3rd Annual Patron of the Artists Awards at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 8, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty)
Geoffrey Owens (L) and Henry Winkler speak onstage at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's 3rd Annual Patron of the Artists Awards at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 8, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty)

After hearing about Owens' situation, Nicki Minaj gave him $25,000. However, he donated the money to charity. Nonetheless, things are looking up for Owens this year after he already has parts in 'Billions' and 'On Becoming A God in Central Florida' lined up.

Aside from those mentioned above, his IMDb page lists 'Plus B and Impossible Monsters', 'Fatale', and 'Fizzle' as upcoming projects.